University and Methodist Hospitals are considering merging their Indianapolis campus facilities to one location.
Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Curtwright says a team of 18 doctors and five administrators is reviewing what a University Hospital and Methodist campus merger might look like.
“We will be looking at what will be the future for those two facilities,” Curtwright says. “We have many, many other facilities based in the state of Indiana and this decision will not impact those, per se.”
He says hospital corporations nationwide are continuing to see drops in in-patient, hospital services.
According to the Indiana Business Journal, IU health will consolidate the two hospitals’ emergency rooms. On July 1, University Hospital ER will close and send its patients to Methodist Hospital’s ER.
He says they’re trying to determine how much more hospital capacity they‘ll need in the future and that the campus merger will likely result in staff streamlining.
Curtwright says prevention and outpatient service models continue to be less expensive.
He says the trend is ultimately a positive step forward for medicine and that it will take several months for the team to reach a final decision on campus merger details.